A Hundred Generations Ago

August 12, 2011

Maison Carrée

Yesterday we drove to Nimes, (home of denim — as in “de Nimes,” – of Nimes.  Betcha didn’t know that!) We walked around the beautifully preserved Roman Temple, La Maison Carrée, which means “The Oblong House.”  The thing is spectacular.

We learned all about Corinthian Columns (the crenelated, fancy ones, unlike basic Doric and Swirly Ionic.)  We marveled that a building created 2027 years ago is still sitting there, right in a public square a block and a half from a Petite Bateau store and the restaurant where we had coconut flan.


When this building was built, I was a hundred generations in the future.

And these girls, a hundred and one.



Kevin Lovelass August 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

Help me with the translation. I don’t even think I could type it with the proper accent.

Launa August 14, 2011 at 2:53 am

Something about The King’s Generosity to his citizens, and the Votive Air.
Of course, our school didn’t teach Latin did it? Maybe Grace can figure it out this fall.

GailNHB August 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

Excellent perspective, Launa. Beautiful photos too.

France gets your writing blood flowing, doesn’t it?
Perhaps a writing studio across the pond should be in your future.
I’m just making an observation and a suggestions…

Lynn Anderson August 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

You should have seen La Maison Carrée before the French finished cleaning it (I assume they’re done by now—they were nearly done back in March). The contrast was amazing. Nîmes is a wonderful place. Looking forward to seeing you in Aups this week!

Gareth Jenkins August 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I have never looked as closely at the decorative stonework of the Maison Carrée as I did when I saw your wonderful photo. I shall hurry back to take another look at the real thing.

You might be interested in a little factoid about the MC. Thomas Jefferson was smitten with the building too. So much so, in fact, that he had a stucco model of it made, from which he went on to reproduce it as the state court house in Charlottesville, VA.

Have a great time revisiting Aups!

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